100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped World History

The list below is from the book 100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped World History, Bluewood Books (2001), written by Samuel Crompton.

The 100 influential spiritual/religious figures in this book are not ranked relative to each other. They are listed chronologically by date of birth.



Abrahamc. 1800 B.C.
Akhenatenc. MID-1300s B.C.
Mosesc. 1200 B.C.
Zoroaster630-553 B.C.
Mahavirac. 599-527 B.C.
Lao-TZUc. 575-485 B.C.
The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautam)c. 563-483 B.C.
Confucius (Kung-Fu-TZU)c. 551-479 B.C.
Socratesc. 470-399 B.C.
Zenoc. 335-263 B.C.
Hillelc. 60 B. C.-A.D. 9
Mary, Mother of Jusus Christc. 22 B. C.- A.D.?
Jesus Christc. 4 B. C. -A.D. 29
St. PaulA.D. 5-67
ManiA.D. 216-C. 276
St. Helenac. A.D. 250-330
Ariusc. A.D. 256-336
St. Augustine of HippoA.D. 354-430
Nestoriusc. A.D. 381-C. 451
St. Patrickc. A.D. 390-460Catholic
St. Benedict of Nursiac. A.D. 480-C. 550
St. Columbac. A.D. 521-597
MuhammadA.D. 570-632
Hsuan-Tsangc. A.D. 602-664
St. Bonifacec. A.D. 675-754
Rabi'AHc. A.D. 730-801
KukaiA.D. 774-835
St. Methodius
St. Cyril
A.D. 815-885
c. A.D. 827-869
Naropa1016-1100
Al-Ghazali1058-1111
St. Bernard of Clairvaux1090-1153
Hildegard of Bingen1098-1179
Maimonides1135-1204
St. Francis of Assisic. 1181-1226
Dogen1200-1253
Rumi (Jalal Al-DIN)1207-1273
St. Thomas Aquinasc. 1225-1274
Moses De Leonc. 1240-1305
Meister Eckhartc. 1260-1327
Gregory Palamasc. 1296-1359
John Wycliffec. 1320-1384
Julian of Norwich1342-1416
Jan Husc. 1369-1415
Joan of ARC1412-1431
Kabirc. 1440-1518
Guru Nanak1469-C. 1539
Bartolome De Las Casas1474-1564
Martin Luther1483-1546
Ulrich Zwingli1484-1531
Thomas Cranmer1489-1556
St. Ignatius of Loyolac. 1491-1556
William Tyndalec. 1494-1536
Conrad Grebelc. 1498-1526
St. Francis Xavier1506-1552
John Calvin1509-1564
St. Teresa of Avila1515-1582
HiawathaC.1500s
Isaac Luria1534-1572
Sonam Gyatso, The Third Dalai Lama1543-1588
St. Martin De Porres1579-1639
Anne Hutchinson1591-1643
George Fox1624-1691
Emanuel Swedenborg1688-1772
Baal Shem Tov (Besht)c. 1700-1760
John Wesley1703-1791
George Whitefield1714-1770
Elijah Ben Solomon1720-1797
Moses Mendelssohn1729-1786
Mother Ann Lee1736-1784
St. Seraphim of Sarov1759-1833
Innokentii Veniaminov1797-1879
Joseph Smith1805-1844
Baha' Allah1817-1892
Mary Baker Eddy1821-1910
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky1831-1891
Ramakrishna1836-1886
Dwight Lyman Moody1837-1899
Rudolf Steiner1861-1925
Vivekananda1863-1902
Mohandas Gandhi1869-1948
Albert Schweitzer1875-1965
Edgar Cayce1877-1945
Martin Buber1878-1965
Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII)1881-1963
Kahlil Gibran1883-1931
Paul Tillich1886-1965
William Griffith Wilson (Bill W.)1895-1971
Dorothy Day1897-1980
C. S. Lewis1898-1963
Ruhollah Hendi (Ayatollah Khomeini)1900-1989
Mother Teresa1910-1997
L. Ron Hubbard1911-1986
Thomas Merton1915-1968
Alan Watts1915-1973
Oscar Romero1917-1980
Billy Graham1918-
Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)1920-
Martin Luther King, Jr.1929-1968
Desmond Tutu1931-
Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama1935-

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